Robots that hug or that can teach you French, drones you can actually fly yourself to work and a work desk that helps you keep on track with your wellness goals. Yes, CES 2016 is shaping up to be another great where tech that was once considered the stuff of sci-fi movies is fast becoming a reality.
Here’s a quick round up of the cool tech and innovation that’s really stood out to me – from start-ups to Samsung. Missed part one? Read it here.
Changing the way we approach our workstation
— humanscale (@humanscale) January 6, 2016
Many of us spend a lot of time at our desks. With this in mind, the smart people at Humanscale have created OfficeIQ – which gives your desk a brain! Humanscale has combined “innovative products with intelligent software to deliver office tools that create the powerful, connected workspace”. OfficeIQ can help you make healthier decisions at your desk, with real-time stats on your activity, how many calories you’ve burnt and progress towards goals – both professional and personal. It keeps your personal information safe too, so you don’t need to worry about your colleagues knowing how many steps you’ve done each day. In short, the only thing OfficeIQ doesn’t do is your work…
A homegrown invention
It’s always great to see a couple of Aussies getting noticed on the global technology stage. From a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Nicholas Smith and Toby Mander-Jones have taken Brydge into the premium Bluetooth keyboard market. I had a trial and I can say their smart little keyboards work neatly with tablets and are due to ship in April this year.
The Samsung event is always the highlight of my visit to CES and the team made a number of announcements that I’m most excited about in the year ahead:
- IoT – The Internet of Things will sync with every aspect of our daily lives. Samsung is encouraging more than 20,000 developers to bring 200 devices to market based on their “Smart Things” module. An example of this is the Samsung SUHD TVs. This year all SUHD TVs will be IoT ready with Smart Things adapters included free of charge. Samsung predicts their fridges will also be connected with the family, making shopping easier.
- Mobility – Samsung also outlined their vision for expanding the Galaxy ecosystem. Samsung Pay will be available in Australia this year. Gear VR (Virtual Reality) is now a consumer product – and there are more than 400 videos available through Samsung and thousands more through the Oculus. There is also a new 360 degree 3D camera in market to allow you to capture your own VR footage.
The thing that got me really excited is the new Home Appliances range and how IoT is set to change the kitchen. The humble fridge has had a makeover!
The IoT Range connects to your Galaxy smartphone, so you can start to pre-heat your food before you get home, or check that you didn’t leave a burner on when you left the house in a hurry.
The new Fridge includes a 21” interactive screen, allowing you to update your family schedule, display digital copies of anything and everything – even the finger paintings the kids bring home. It also lets you know when you need to restock the milk (through the cameras inside the fridge), and sets the mood in the kitchen by playing music and video.
Samsung refer to their Fridge as part of the Family Hub – and they have truly delivered on this.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to sharing more! Stay tuned.